(Closed) Friday wedding? what do you Bee's think?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Saturday afternoon wedding?
    no one will mind save yourselves the $$ and hassle of rushing for your honeymoon : (94 votes)
    74 %
    no Saturday wedding : (33 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    227 posts
    Helper bee

    As a guest, I prefer Saturday weddings. But I’ve been to Friday weddings and they’re just as much fun. I’ve never held it against a bride and groom for getting hitched on a Friday. It’s your wedding and it sounds like having it on Friday would make much more sense, so go for it!

    Post # 5
    10285 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I had a Friday wedding and it was perfect. I didn’t have a single issue that people claim that Friday weddings will have (guests showing up late or not coming at all because of the day). To be honest, since having my Friday wedding I’ve decided that I much prefer them to Saturdays. As a guest, you still get your whole weekend to enjoy without dedicating pretty much the entire day on Saturday to someone’s wedding. 

    If you want to book a Friday then go for it. My only advice would be to the to start your ceremony a little later. We started at 5:30 and it was ideal but my friend who had a Friday wedding a few years ago started at 3 and that was kind of sucky.

    Post # 6
    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I’ll be honest.. and just letting you know that this is the selfish person in me speaking. I do not like weekday weddings. I’ll go to them, enjoy myself, and wouldn’t dream of commenting to the couple, but the fact I have to use my holiday leave to attend does bother me. Sorry 🙁

    I get that the day is about the couple, but if they could’ve made a decision to benefit 99% of the guests then I would prefer they do it. That’s just my 2 cents.

    Post # 7
    13753 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m not a fan of Friday weddings.  I work long and unconventional hours, and by the time Friday afternoon gets around, I’m usually completely exhausted.  I’d either have to take a big chunk of the day off, or really rush to make it to the ceremony on time.  I’d most likely leave the reception early out of sheer exhaustion. I honestly would consider skipping the ceremony and just going to the reception on a Friday, because that would make my schedule that much easier. 

    That being said, people who want to be there will make the effort and show up.  It’s your call to decide, and only you know the schedules of your guests. 

    Post # 8
    2085 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    There are loads of threads with this debate.

    We had a Friday wedding. The only Out of Town guests were my family and the ones I consulted were fine with that. My hope was that they would stick arepund and I’d be able to see them on Saturday…but most left on Saturday,which was a bummer for me.

    So the locals dont have to take too, too much time off work, don’t start too early. My boss was on call intil 5 pm. He shut the office down at 4:45 and made it to our 5:30 ceremony, which was 10 minutes away.

    Do not do it expecting to save much money. Overall, I think we got a $1000 break on the venue fee. No other vendor had a lower price for a Friday wedding.

    Post # 9
    2085 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    I decided on a Friday after going to a Friday wedding myself. I loved still having the whole weekend ahead of us after it was over.

    Post # 10
    964 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I think its fine.  My wedding is on a Sunday.  That day just worked better for Fiance and I and our intown guest.  Yeah I know, it’s crazy!   Monday is a holiday for almost all of my guest and schools are closed for all of my Out of Town guest as far as their kids go.  No one has said anything to me and I made sure it wasn’t a hassle for the people that I wanted there/ wanted to be there.

    Post # 11
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I certainly don’t mind, but if there are certain people you really want to be there that may be affected by a Friday vs. Saturday (people who have to travel far, friends whose professions may not allow to easily take a day off of work if needed, etc.) it can’t hurt to make sure they can still attend without difficulty. In my job we work a rotating schedule so Friday’s wouldn’t be a big deal at all and would actually be preferred for some of our guests! But I could see how family who work 9-5 Mon-Fri jobs may have to take the day off of work whereas they wouldn’t have to if it were on a Saturday.

    We looked at a venue (and ultimately decided it wasn’t for us) that saved a RIDICULOUS amount of money to have it on a Friday vs. Saturday. We were going to do an off peak day, but their peak difference? You’d save $10,500 to have it on a Friday instead of a Saturday. I totally get the incentive to have it on a Friday when you’re saving this amount of money. At this place, Sunday would’ve been even cheaper (all are evenings, not comparing Sat night to Sunday day), saving $15K compared to a Saturday.

    Post # 12
    3081 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It’s definitely a little more difficult to get to a Friday wedding for those of us that work Fridays (plus fighting traffic if applicable) but I’ve never truly minded. At worst I have to take a half day off of work. 

    Post # 13
    5789 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Friday weddings are nothing new. I had mine on a Friday evening 30 years ago when it wasn’t so common, and no one complained a bit. We did have it later (6pm) and reception ending at  midnight, and it was nice to have the rest of the weekend to recover.

    The people who want to be there will be!

    Post # 14
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I think it depends on your guest list (how many Out of Town guests?), and your location. My cousin was married on a Friday last year, but the ceremony location was on the other side of town, so I had to drive in rush hour traffic to get there (the start time was 6pm) – several people showed up late because of the traffic. As far as the reception party? It was just as much fun as a Saturday.

    Fiance and I were considering a Friday wedding (with a late ceremony – starting at 7pm), but we realized that around here a Friday wedding doesn’t save any significant amount of money, so we might as well do our more ideal Saturday date.

    Post # 15
    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I guess your post is a little confusing. Your title asks about Friday weddings, but your poll and post are about Saturday weddings?

    That said, we’re doing a Friday wedding. Our reception venue’s minimum for Friday was HALF that of Saturday. Our ceremony is at 4(ish), lots of our guests are Out of Town, but a LOT of them are either on summer break (teachers) or retired. 

    Post # 16
    41 posts
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Our wedding was Saturday night…didn’t leave the reception until 11ish.  Woke up at 6am the next morning to make our honeymoon cruise!  Sure it was a long trip but I would do it again in a second.  It was great going straight from wedding mode to cruise mode.  If we had a day break inbetween I think it would be stressful trying to pack, say goodbye to everyone in town, etc.  If you leave the next morning that all goes away and the focus is just on your new hubby!

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